Shape My City

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The Architecture Centre, Bristol is looking for 14 – 19 year olds from Bristol who would like to take part in an exciting new place-making project.

Shape My City aims to help young people understand how places work and how they can be improved. It is an opportunity for young people to get involved with city developments, debate real life issues and gain new skills and confidence.

Participating in the project would mean:

  • Working with architecture, planning and local government professionals
  • Working with architecture and planning students
  • Taking part in workshops between Feb – Nov 2014
  • Getting to a City centre location – refreshments and travel expenses are provided
  • An opportunity to get Arts Award accreditation
  • Gaining valuable experience to enhance college/university applications

Shape My City is open to anyone who is interested, but aims to actively encourage girls and young people from B&ME backgrounds to get involved.

For more information, see the programme page.

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Building for the Future

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The Architecture Centre, Bristol is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that champions better buildings and places for everyone.

The Centre has the experience and expertise to support the delivery of the Construction and Built Environment Diploma (CBED) – a national qualification for 14-19 year olds.

The Building for the Future programme aims to support the delivery of the CBED by:

  • Contributing to local consortia steering groups
  • Networking with local built environment industry professionals
  • Delivering design workshop events with involvement of local BE professionals
  • Development of relevant teaching resources to support the Architecture/Design/Sustainability elements of the course
  • An inspiring visits programme to interesting regional buildings/schemes
  • CPD opportunities/support for teachers delivering the CBED
  • Strategic support/dissemination both locally and national via RIBA, CABE and Architecture Centre Network

For more information, visit the programme page.

Also, contact the centre on: education@architecturecentre.co.uk

To find out more about the Construction and Built Environment Diploma visit: www.cbediploma.co.uk

Accelerate into University with Open City

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Open City is London’s leading architecture education organisation. They champion the value of well-designed places and spaces in making a liveable and vibrant city, and the role everyone plays within it.

Accelerate into University was launched in 2012. This free pioneering programme for students in Year 11 and 12 at London state schools is aimed at those who would benefit from mentoring and skills enhancement, to support their ambitions to pursue a career in architecture or the built environment.

So far Accelerate into University has enabled forty four, young Londoners aged 15-17 years to reach their full potential and improve their access to Higher Education across the Built Environment shaping professions. 85% of the year 12’s that participated have gained conditional offers to study architecture and related subjects at university, including UCL, Cambridge, Cardiff, Manchester and Westminster.

For more information, visit the programme page.

Or for general information, visit the Open City website

‘ArchiGRAD’ helps graduates into employment

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ArchiGRAD began in 2010 as a response to the increasing number of unemployed graduates in the built environment. The scheme is in association with Northern Architecture, +3 Architecture, Northumbria University and Newcastle University.

In 2012, ArchiGRAD launched Summer Schools, getting 36 university students work experience with local practices.

Currently, GRADs are involved in the following activities:

  • Design projects
  • Research projects
  • Portfolio Speed Dating
  • Individual portfolio tips
  • Social events
  • Competitions, internal and external
  • Access to other consultants
  • Access to office CPD events
  • Live Builds
  • Presentations to real clients

For more information and to get involved, visit the ArchiGRAD website

Or to contact Northern Architecture, who support the scheme: info@northernarchitecture.com

Architecture clubs in schools

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MADE has been thinking about ways to develop architecture clubs in schools in order to expand our education programme to a wider age range of young people.

This is an interesting model

http://www.royalacademy.org.uk/events/talks/learning-about-architecture-the-possibilities-of-architecture-clubs-in-schools,2545,EV.html

You can see more about it here http://backoftheenvelope.britishcouncil.org/2012/aug/02/mossbourne-architecture-club/

We also looked at how it has been done for other sectors- the engineering profession also has an interesting initiative via STEMNet (teaching for Science, Engineering and Maths) using Stem Clubs – see http://www.stemclubs.net/

MADEGrads

MADE has been developing a way to tackle the obstacles that unemployed graduates in the built environment subjects face.

MADE GRADs is a self-managing group that helps graduates launch their careers by taking on projects for the community, entering competitions and running events like CV and interview workshops.  MADE GRADs have recently completed an exciting project designing family housing for Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter as part of CABEs Design Your Own Neighbourhood Programme

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Grads present proposals to group of stakeholders

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Grads exhibit proposals for community to see

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Grads consult the community on what they want

MADEGrads meet every Wednesday in a local architects practice, they are self managing, supporting and have a facebook page to recruit new members, where needed their work is supported by architecture tutors for example Kevin Singh, Head of the School of Architecture at BCU, and other design professionals.

The composition of the group varies as members find work, many of then citing their involvement in the group as being a way to help them find work, discover opportunities  make connections with practices, meet other graduates in the same situation and keep their skills current and give them an advantage as having worked on real life projects when applying for roles.